Two boys were rescued after their inflatable kayak was almost blown out to sea at Sunderland Harbour.
The Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team was called out when they received a report of the teenagers being swept out to sea at about 12.23pm on Wednesday.
But the two boys were intercepted near the harbour bar by a patrol unit from the Port of Sunderland, which was in the area at the time.
A spokesperson from Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team said: “Both youths were taken on board the patrol boat together with the kayak. They were landed at Sunderland Marina, no worse for their experience, being offered suitable safety advice.
“Sunderland RNLI inshore lifeboat was also tasked but not required to launch.
“Members of the public are advised that inflatable kayaks and similar craft can be unsafe to use in tidal waters, especially in offshore wind conditions.
“They should always be used close to shore and preferably tethered.”
Anyone who sees or is experiencing a coastal emergency should always call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.